Bore water - drinkable??

Discussion in 'Open Discussions' started by Cornish Pixie, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Cornish Pixie

    Cornish Pixie Active Member


    Hoping someone will be able to put my mind at rest.

    Is bore water safe to drink????

    The property we are on is supposed to be ok, however have found the water to be rather gritty. Have therefore been filtering water through the Britas filter jug, then boiling for my cups of coffee :)* Have also been buying 12 litres of spring water at a time from Coles for the kids to drink.

    Any thoughts on this - good or bad???

    L x
  2. nuggy

    nuggy Well-known Member

    pretty sure its not....

    sorry... i dunno exactly but im pretty sure its not
  3. mochaminx

    mochaminx Well-known Member

    When I lived out on Doghill rd in Baldivis for many years (a long time ago) our bore water was awful. It didnt have that yucky smell, but it was yellow, and if you filled a jug of water and left it in the fridge for a while all the iron (?) would settle at the bottom of the jug. It didnt taste that bad really, just very metallicy, but at first I refused to drink it, and used only bottled water. As I got slacker (and more used to the taste) it became all we used to drink. Cant say it ended up hurting us *#) *#)
    (although others may beg to differ lol) I guess it depends whats IN your water.
  4. BeccaBoo

    BeccaBoo Well-known Member

    I wouldnt be able to stand drinking it all the time. Though, when I'm riding if I forgot my water bottle I have been known to have a drink out of the bore water hose :p I'm still alive!
  5. taeliesyn

    taeliesyn Well-known Member

    Some is, some isn't. Really you would need to get it tested(and then monitored) to see if it was ok.
  6. Cornish Pixie

    Cornish Pixie Active Member

    Funnily enough the water is crystal clear, just can feel bitty at the back of the throat, and smells, well just like 'normal' water! Have been taking precautions just in case in the meantime!
  7. Cornish Pixie

    Cornish Pixie Active Member

    How do I get it tested?? Is it just a diy thing or is there a specialist somewhere??

  8. WP Miniatures

    WP Miniatures Active Member


    I think its the water board, they can test samples for you and advise if it is safe, But this test is for now When the water table is high and can change day to day depending on the watertable changes with use. We had an underbench filter fitted after 2 years of bottled water and trips to suburbia, service stations or work filling 20l bottle to use.
    The under bench filter was about $300 and only did the kitchen outlet, but worked a treat and filters lasted about 6 months.
    Then after another year or 2 got a 100,000+ rainwater tank but still kept the filter on the sink for food and drink use.
  9. tracyc

    tracyc New Member

    Hi we only have bore and tank water no scheme. we have a main filter system to the house which removes sediment, taste and smell and recently had it tested and it actually came back better than scheme water so if you have a good filter system you should find no problems with it we don't. But everyone to their own I guess as others may dissagree.
  10. taeliesyn

    taeliesyn Well-known Member

    The water board may test for you, most likely they will send the sample off to another lab to be tested.

    I'll PM you a number of a lab that should do drinking water testing. I have no idea on the price though.
  11. Horsetalk

    Horsetalk Well-known Member

    I would not take any risk, have it tested. How deep is the bore? ;)
  12. wattle6180

    wattle6180 Gold Member

    Hi Cornish :)
    The bore water in Baldivis is actually really good! (and sweet) You will acclimatise to the taste as "mains water" has inclusions of things like chlorine and fluoride. While you will have to change to fluoride based toothpaste to compensate, there is a theory that fluoride in mains water is contributing to a higher than ever outbreak of bone density issues in humans.

    Drink up! and glad you've finally found your freedom :)
  13. Gemgem

    Gemgem Well-known Member

    We have rain and bore water (tested as drinkable) and we're fine :p sometimes its a bit yellow when we've refilled the tanks or something but it tastes fine, I actually prefer it to town water, I can taste all the chloriney type stuff when I go to visit my mum now haha.
  14. Satorii Lodge

    Satorii Lodge Well-known Member

    the water at our old house was really good ...used to nearly chuck up if i drank scheme water after a while (could taste the chemicals)...both bores were really clear the one down the stables had a bit of grit in it and smelt a tiny bit sometimes really depends on the area....mind the house three down from us had to have two tanks would pump up into one let it settle then mix with rainwater in the other ...theirs came up red with iron ...the grit is probly limestone which is only a prob if u are prone to kidney probs but get it tested to be sure
  15. Bushmanwatts

    Bushmanwatts Well-known Member

    we drink bore water for years and didn't kill us, may have rooted our guts but the iron level is what you have to look for...
  16. Paddys girl

    Paddys girl Well-known Member

    we were wondering the same but apparently a couple of properties over from ours they bottle it and sell it! (like spring water) So can't be too bad!
  17. Jadelise

    Jadelise Well-known Member

    I always drink it haha **)
  18. Lokenzo

    Lokenzo Gold Member

    Our bore water in Casuarina was gross, it was yellow, gritty and tasted bad!

    In Roleystone tho our bore water is great, we have got filters to remove any grit (as it did come through) but the water is super clean and tastes good. We actually have a bottled water company that gets its water from Roleystone so it must be ok!
  19. Raw Prawn

    Raw Prawn Well-known Member

    We have bore water at our property in Oakford and its been tested as very safe to drink. It tastes a little 'minerally' but very safe!!!
  20. kiraSpark

    kiraSpark Gold Member

    Total Eden do bore water tests :)*

    Bore water in Perth is usually pretty safe to drink. Where do you think the mains water comes from? The Jandakot mound!

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